“Therefore I also have lent him to the LORD;
as long as he lives he shall be lent to the LORD.” 1 Samuel 1:28
“Therefore I also have lent him to the LORD; as long as he lives he shall be lent to the LORD.”
1 Samuel 1:28
When you dedicate your children to God you are simply making it clear that He is first in your life. Certainly, your child is your most prized possession but you must not allow them to take the place of God. This is exactly what Abraham proved by his willingness to offer Isaac. He was demonstrating that his love and fear of God were supreme in his life above all else, Abraham loved God above the most prized treasure of his life, his only son Isaac.
When you give your child back to God you commit to raise your children God’s way, you are committing to teaching them the ways of God. When Hannah dedicated Samuel to God, she meant business. She didn’t just take him to the temple for dedication; she left him there. She turned him over to Eli to bring him up in God’s service.
Who gets our children today? Samuel was continually taught and instructed by Eli in God’s temple. Who teaches our children? Is it TV and movies? How many hours of instruction does the electronic mass media give them each day?
Is it school? Do we know what is going on in the classroom? Are there any philosophies we need to combat?
Is it peers? Do we realize that as our children grow older the stronger this influence becomes? Are we giving them a solid moral base so that wise decisions become natural during their teen years?
Is it the Lord? How much time and effort do we spend to make sure our children know that a relationship with the Lord is the basis for security, peace, and contentment?
When you acknowledge God’s primacy in your life you give the greatest blessing of all to your children. You give them hope in a Father God that cares for them with the greatest love of all.
We can’t do what Hannah did. But we can turn them over to God through our instruction and example.
If children are to find the way to God, parents must point the way.
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